Media should be regulated - Malema

Johannesburg - The media should be regulated, suspended ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema said on the SABC Asikhulume talk show on Sunday night.

"The media should be regulated, because this media will destroy the democracy," he told SABC presenter Vuyo Mvoko.

"They have no respect for anyone except the madam (DA leader Helen Zille)."

When asked if the media helped to create his profile he said: "I was never produced by the media."

"I grew up in the African National Congress. I am not a product of editorial comments. I am a product of the struggles of the poor."

He said the press ombudsman has failed dismally.

In 2007 the ANC complained about media coverage and made proposals at its national conference to set up a Media Appeals Tribunal to replace the existing self-regulation of the media.

"We need a body which has got teeth, which will bite," Malema said.

Turning to the possibility of a criminal investigation of his business interests Malema said: "I have no fear of anything, but I am politically conscious and know very well that state power can be manipulated to produce any outcome."

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